Courses

  • GRS SO 804: Seminar: The Family
    Explores the rise of "modern" families and the plurality of contemporary family forms and processes including gay and lesbian families and new reproductive technologies. Particular attention to social and economic inequalities and their implications for family life.
  • GRS SO 808: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
    Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience.
  • GRS SO 811: Seminar: Sociology of the Nonprofit Sector
    Introduction to sociological research on that part of society known as the nonprofit sector, including nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, voluntary associations, and social movements. Focus on some of the literature’s major themes: civil society, social capital, and nongovernmental organizations.
  • GRS SO 812: Seminar: Religion and Social Identity
    This seminar will explore a variety of theoretical perspectives on the social formation of modern persons, asking how those insights inform an understanding of individual and collective religious identity. Students will also participate in field research foxused on the intersection of religious and social identities.
  • GRS SO 818: Medical Sociology
    Sociological factors in physical and mental illness as they operate in the community, hospitals, and interpersonal relations. Current research on selected topics in medical sociology; contributions to sociological theory and their practical application.
  • GRS SO 820: Graduate Study in Women and Social Change in the Developing World
    Studies women in nonindustrial countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Stresses empirical research, theory, and methodology. Comparisons among regions and with industrial countries important. Focus on sex segregation, female labor force participation, migration, fertility, family roles, and women and political power.
  • GRS SO 822: Advanced Seminar in Religion and Social Change
    This seminar examines the tools sociology brings to understanding the relationship between religious ideas and practices and the processes of micro and macro social change. It will cover both major theoretical perspectives and relevant research literature, with focused attention on a variety of historical and contemporary cases.
  • GRS SO 834: Seminar: Mental Illness
    Sociology and social psychology in study of incidence and prevalence of mental illness, organization of treatment institutions, doctor-patient relationships, and community psychiatry.
  • GRS SO 837: Seminar: Sociology of Culture
    Sociology of culture in the twenty-first century. Focuses on the connection between the mind and culture. Examines the interdependence between culture, society, and individuals, and how belief, faith, knowledge, symbol, ritual, and the like both produce and are products of social organization.
  • GRS SO 838: Seminar on International Migration
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Explores the social dynamics of contemporary international migration, ranging from the development of transnational migrant communities to the impact of state policies that strive to regulate migrant labor flows.
  • GRS SO 839: Seminar: State Building and Failure in the Developing World
    Considers the political significance of failed and fragile states in the developing world in the post-9/11 era. Students analyze historical patterns of state formation and its relevance in contemporary society.
  • GRS SO 840: Seminar: Political Sociology
    Explores the "deep cultural" level behind the daily conduct of politics. A theoretical framework relying upon Tocqueville and Weber is developed and then applied to unveil the political cultures of the United States, Germany, England, Russia, China, Japan, and Mexico.
  • GRS SO 844: Seminar: Sociology of Education
  • GRS SO 847: Seminar: Global Sociology
    (Meets with GRS IR 748.) Examines different sociological perspectives on global social dynamics and processes.
  • GRS SO 848: Culture, Markets, and Inequality
    This seminar examines commerce as a cultural process, focusing on cultural production and consumption practices in fields like fashion, music, and bodily goods and services. Traces the cultural construction and maintenance of gender, race, and class inequalities in markets.
  • GRS SO 850: Seminar: Technology and Society
    Technologies in the four areas of knowledge, work, transportation, and biology are discussed in terms of their historical development and social implications. Benefits and costs of technology are examined with reference to current conflicts over use and misuse.
  • GRS SO 852: Contemporary Debates in Sexualities Research
    Engages debates about sexual identities, practices, and communities, conceptualizing sexuality as both a social construct and an institution. Students consider how sexualities operate across social contexts, their effects on systems of inequalities, and their intersections with race, class, and gender.
  • GRS SO 862: Seminar: Great Theorists
    This seminar examines the ideas of Montesquieu, Saint-Simon, Wollstonecraft, Tocqueville, Martineau, Spencer, Pareto, Veblen, Simmel, and Du Bois through critiques of these seminal concepts: "relative deprivation," "the survival of the fittest," "conspicuous consumption," "the circulation of elites," and "double consciousness."
  • GRS SO 947: Dr Field Conc
  • GRS SO 948: Dr Field Conc